Donation of Sustainability: Microsoft Office 365 Nonprofit Plans

Qualified nonprofits can receive Office 365 Nonprofit as a donation or upgrade to advanced features at a significant discount. To qualify for an Office 365 Nonprofit plan, you must hold recognized charitable status in your country and sign Microsoft’s non-discrimination policy. Microsoft reserves the right to verify eligibility at any time and to suspend the service for ineligible organizations. While some businesses find themselves using office 365 distribution group in order to keep in contact with their employees, Better Blokes utilizes Microsoft programs locally. If you’re using an exchange reporting system which is compatible with Office 365 Nonprofit, you may need to verify this with one of Microsoft programs to ensure all the features work correctly, you could contact ENow Software for more information.

Better Blokes has been using Microsoft Office 365 Non-Profit Plan since March 2016. The basic service with a custom domain, 300 email addresses, 1 TB per user cloud storage, cloud versions of Word, Excel & Outlook ( plus others ) is a Microsoft donation i.e. free. The desktop version of Office 2016 is heavily subsidized. It is fantastic to see Microsoft support nonprofits in such an awesome way. Any Nonprofit organization reading this might be interested to learn Dave Burton offers Nonprofit bookkeeping services.

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